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5:50 PM ET, September 8, 2009

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Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Technical issues could delay iPod camera upgrade [u]  —  Just days before Apple is expected to unveil its new line of iPods, multiple reports are suggesting that some of the widely anticipated camera-equipped media players could be delayed due to technical difficulties.  [Updated with info from Hardmac.]
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Apple's Sept. 9 music event: What's Steve Jobs got up his sleeve?  —  New iPods?  Check.  With cameras?  Very likely. iTunes 9?  Why not.  Steve Jobs on stage?  Who knows.  The Beatles on iTunes?  Don't count on it — but don't count it out, either.  —  Apple's (AAPL) …
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Sprint Cancels Palm Pre $100 Offer  —  If there's a Guinness World Record for shortest-lived promotional offer by a wireless carrier, Sprint's (S) surely a front-runner for it.  —  Just six or so hours after offering a $100 service credit to new subscribers who purchase a Palm (PALM) …
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
New from Sprint: The $99 Palm Pre [UPDATED]  —  UPDATE:Well, that was fast.  Sprint has cancelled the offer.  —  Sprint effectively lowered the price of the Palm Pre today to $99 for new customers only, offering a $100 service credit to those who port their numbers over from another carrier.
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Don't expect Apple TV as cable set top box, Apple exec says  —  Though rumors have persisted for years that the Apple TV might transition from a media streaming solution into a cable box competitor, a new report said an Apple executive “killed that concept.”
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Let It Be: Beatles Still Not Coming to iTunes Tomorrow  —  iPods with cameras?  Maybe. iTunes with new features?  For sure. iTunes with Beatles?  Nope.  —  I'm sure that Apple (AAPL) will indeed sell the Fab Four's music via its digital music store one day.  But it's not happening at Apple's keynote presentation tomorrow.
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NME:
Paul McCartney: 'We'd like Beatles songs to be downloads'  —  Macca speaks in special ‘13 covers’ Beatles edition of NME - get yours now  —  Paul McCartney has told NME.COM that he wants The Beatles songs to be available as downloads.  —  The Fab Four's work has long been absent …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Flickr Finally Goes Native With An iPhone App  —  Despite having one of the most popular online photo services in the world, Flickr has done things the hard way on the iPhone.  That is to say, for browsing photos they've made you go through their optimized website, and for uploading you had to do it through email.
BBC:
T-Mobile and Orange in UK merger  —  T-Mobile and Orange plan to merge their UK businesses, creating a mobile phone giant with 28.4 million customers.  —  The deal between Orange-owner France Telecom and Deutsche Telekom's T-Mobile UK will see a business with sales of 9.4bn euros (£8.2bn; $13.5bn).
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Rupert Neate / Telegraph:
TMobile and Orange hope to muscle in on Apple iPhone contract after deal
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Obama Praises Twitter, Google & Facebook — But Not Microsoft's Xbox  —  Does today's speech from President Barack Obama to school children across the United States need any more controversy?  Having listened to it, I personally can't see many parents objecting.  But I could see one tech company not happy: Microsoft.
foursquare:
A few thoughts on foursquare's seed financing...  Hey all -  —  So, we wanted to say a few words about our round of seed financing that we didn't get to say last Friday.  First of all, we can't be any happier.  The financing - split between Union Square Ventures (USV), O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures …
Matthew Aslett / 451 CAOS Theory:
WSJ reports OIN to acquire former SGI patents (via Microsoft)  —  An interesting story in today's Wall Street Journal states that the Open Invention Network is “nearing an agreement to acquire 22 patents that Microsoft sold to another organization earlier this year” that could be used to protect Linux from patent attacks.
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Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab:
iPhone C64 Emulator Approved by Apple, Removed Again for Hiding Banned Feature  —  UPDATE: C64 Emulator has yet again been pulled from the App Store for sneaking in an easter egg that allows the execution of code in a BASIC interpreter.  See the end of the post for details.
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Mayfield Fund Hires a Young V.C. for Her Fresh Eye  —  There are not many young faces in Silicon Valley's venture capital firms.  That worries some people, who say that young entrepreneurs need young investors who are up-to-date on new technologies.  —  Mayfield Fund, a venture firm founded in 1969, is taking that notion to heart.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
AIM Now Goes Both Ways (With Twitter And Facebook)  —  In July, AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) embraced the stream in a new beta (for both Windows and Mac) and started moving beyond simple IMs.  You can now see your Facebook and Twitter feeds, along with AIM buddy updates and feeds from other services.
Dan Nystedt / PC World:
Foxconn Developing Inexpensive, Arm-based Smartbooks  —  Foxconn Technology plans to launch its first smartbooks next year, which are mini-laptops that use microprocessors from Arm Holdings normally found in smartphones.  —  Smartbooks are similar to netbooks except that they don't use …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Former Yahoo Tech Star, Eric Boyd, to Microsoft (via Mochi Media)  —  Eric Boyd (pictured here), a high-profile techie from Yahoo, who left the company for a start-up last year, is now headed to Microsoft to work for its digital group, now run by another ex-Yahoo, Qi Lu.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Chris Wilson / Slate:
Introducing News Dots  —  An interactive map of how every story in the news is related, updated daily.  —  Like Kevin Bacon's co-stars, topics in the news are all connected by degrees of separation.  To examine how every story fits together, News Dots visualizes the most recent topics in the news as a giant social network.
Lambert V. / technabob:
microsoft (mis)educates best buy employees about linux  —  A Best Buy employee recently posted screenshots of what he claims is part of a training program about Windows 7.  The screenshots show some Windows vs. Linux comparisons.  You probably know where this is going.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Source: Palm To Unveil Pixie Phone This Week  —  Palm will unveil its second WebOS phone this week, internally named the “Pixie,” we've heard from a source close to the company.  The debut will occur as part of Fashion Week in New York.  —  As we wrote back in April, the new phone …
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Inside Mac OS X Snow Leopard: Exchange Support  —  Windows Enthusiasts like to spin Apple's support for Exchange on the iPhone and in Snow Leopard as endorsement of Microsoft in the server space.  From another angle, Apple is reducing its dependance upon Microsoft's client software …
Discussion: Macworld, Softpedia News and TUAW, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft to preview two Silverlight 4 features  —  Microsoft is slated to show off two features that it is incorporating into the next version of Silverlight, its Internet Explorer plug-in alternative to Adobe Flash at the International Broadcasting Conference (IBC) in Amsterdam, which kicks off on September 11.
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Finance and Fantasy Football: Two more iPhone Apps from Yahoo  —  Earlier this morning, Yahoo's own Flickr app finally appeared in the iTunes App Store, but this was only the first of three mobile apps Yahoo released today.  In addition to Flickr, Yahoo Finance and Yahoo Fantasy Football have now arrived in the store as well.
Discussion: CNET News, mocoNews and IntoMobile
Al Sacco / CIO.com:
First Official BlackBerry “Bold 9700/Onyx” (T-Mobile) Image; '09 Launch Expected  —  T-Mobile U.S.A.'s next major BlackBerry release is the BlackBerry “Bold 9700,” or Onyx, and it will be the U.S. carrier's very first 3G BlackBerry smartphone.  Though not even officially announced yet …
Bloomberg:
BusinessWeek Magazine Generates Interest From 93 Parties, CEO McGraw Says  —  Sept. 8 (Bloomberg) — BusinessWeek magazine has generated interest from 93 potential buyers, McGraw-Hill Cos.  Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Terry McGraw said.  —  “Everybody's involved,” McGraw, 61, told Bloomberg Television today.
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and Dealscape
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
HTC Tattoo (aka, Click) brings Android, Sense UI to all  —  This one sure took awhile but the oft leaked HTC Click has been renamed and kicked out the door as the Tattoo.  While HTC is light on specs with the press release, we know it has a 3.2 megapixel autofocus camera, 3.5-mm headset jack, and microSD expansion.
 
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Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
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Rory Maher / Silicon Alley Insider:
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Chris Brandrick / InfoWorld:
Firefox 4.0 to arrive late 2010
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Mercedes Bunz / Guardian:
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Zachary M. Seward / Nieman Journalism Lab:
How Tribune Co. plans to rid itself of SEO-killing duplicate content
Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
Has Anyone's iDisk Been Upgraded To 2TB?
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
James Boyle / Financial Times:
A copyright black hole swallows our culture
Tom Jackman / Washington Post:
Services' E-Mail Hacking Illegal, but Officials Need More Than That to Prosecute